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Former Auburn, LPGA player Danielle Downey killed in single-car crash; coached Tigers team

Former Auburn and LPGA player Danielle Downey has died in a single-car accident. She was 33.

The coroner says Downey lost control on Lee Road 57, the car overturned several times and she was ejected at about 10 p.m. Thursday. Lee County Coroner Bill Harris says she was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

Downey was in her second season as Auburn's director of golf operations. She filled in for coach Kim Evans during the 2012-13 season after Evans was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Evans says Downey "meant so much to me, the girls and this program."

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Downey was a three-time All-American who finished second in the NCAA tournament as a junior.

She finished in the money at 15 LPGA tournaments.